How to Reduce or Eliminate Your Child’s Exposure to Secondhand Smoke

If you are a smoker, the best way to protect your family from secondhand smoke is to quit. Whether you’re ready to quit or just thinking about it, Smoke Free St. Louis Kids is here to help. If you don’t feel ready to contact us, check out these other free resources to help you stop smoking.

Remember: Separate “no smoking” sections in your home DO NOT fully protect your family from secondhand smoke. Neither does opening a window or even filtering the air.

Quitting smoking is tough. Sometimes it takes more than one try. While you’re trying to quit, follow these tips to protect your loved ones:

  • Make your home and car 100% smoke free. That means:
    • If a family member or guest wants to smoke, ask them to step outside. In addition to protecting your children, smoke free homes can also help smokers quit and can reduce the chance that older children become smokers themselves.
    • Remove lighters and ashtrays from inside your home. Put up stickers or reminders that your home is smoke free.
    • If you have a vehicle, don’t allow smoking there, either. Did you know that about 7 out of 10 Missourians already have a smoke free car policy? If you or a passenger wants to smoke on the road, pull over at a safe place for a smoke break outside the car.
  • Choose smoke-free child care. Make sure your child care provider has a no-smoking policy. The same goes for friends and family members who babysit.
  • Teach your children how to avoid secondhand smoke.
  • Politely ask people not to smoke around your kids.
  • Help other smokers quit: If someone else who spends time with your children is a smoker, offer them support and encouragement to stop smoking. Everyone will benefit.